Virgin Mobile now sells the HTC Desire 601 as the HTC Desire

Virgin Mobile has announced a new smartphone today, and in fact it’s already available to purchase from the prepaid carrier’s website. Virgin calls it simply HTC Desire, bringing up memories for those who were around and watching the mobile world back in 2010. That’s when the original device of that name went on sale.

This, however, isn’t that (thankfully). What Virgin Mobile is calling the HTC Desire is actually the Desire 601, announced in September, continuing HTC’s tradition of now using the Desire name for lower-end devices and midrangers (whereas the One brand represents the high-end, naturally).

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The HTC Desire for Virgin Mobile comes with a 4.5-inch 540×960 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a VGA front camera, a 1.4 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2,100 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense.

If you’re interested in picking one up from Virgin Mobile, know that it’s priced at $279.99, obviously sans contract since this is a prepaid carrier we’re talking about. You can pair it with Virgin’s Beyond Talk plans starting at $35 per month and featuring unlimited data and messaging.

Though if you aren’t in a hurry and would like something higher-specced and cheaper, perhaps you should wait until January and buy the Moto G. It has a higher-res screen, a quad-core processor, and the same amount of storage for just $179 also without any contract. You do however lose the microSD card slot in that case, so keep that in mind.

Via Android Central

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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